Taking stock of the strategic partnership between the EU and South Africa

14th September 2009 By: South African Institute of International Affairs

The European Union-South Africa Partnership Summit, held in Cape Town on 11 September 2009, is the second Heads of State meeting since the establishment of the Partnership in May 2007. The first EU-SA Summit, which took place in Bordeaux on 25 July last year, marked a landmark moment in the bilateral relations between the two countries,elevating their partnership to the highest political level, namely a Strategic Partnership. The Cape Town Summit further highlighted the political significance of the partnership and the importance of continued bilateral co-operation. It also served to maintain the momentum of the working groups by highlighting the progress made in particular areas thus far.

The Summit also introduced the EU delegation to the recently elected Zuma cabinet and appointed ministers. The South African delegation include President Jacob Zuma; the
Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Mashabane; the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica; the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob
Davies; and the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel...

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Written by: Romy Chevallier, EU-Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs.